Urban Cyclist - - Gear On Test -

Man­u­fac­tur­ers are strain­ing them­selves over cre­at­ing the next big cy­cle ‘safety thing’ – check out our crowd­fund­ing fea­ture on page 60 for the WingLight in­di­ca­tor ex­am­ple – but none have man­aged it with such unadul­ter­ated gusto than the Lu­mos hel­met. The Kick­starter-funded shell is packed with 60 LEDs, a three-axis ac­celerom­e­ter and a 1,000mAH recharge­able bat­tery. Two ar­row-shaped lights at the rear edges act as in­di­ca­tors, which are con­trolled by a wire­less re­mote at the han­dle­bars. Be­tween those lights is a tri­an­gle of LEDs that func­tions ei­ther as a pow­er­ful rear lump or, in­ge­niously thanks to the ac­celerom­e­ters, a brak­ing light. A white LED up­front adds fur­ther vis­i­bil­ity and there’s even an app to con­fig­ure all the lights. Bat­tery life’s about 3hrs on solid light or up to 6hrs when flash­ing.

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